Sunday, March 13, 2011

Maple Jubilee Jumbles

Okay...these cookies are simply addictive.  I know I've said chocolate is the bomb, but these are better than chocolate...really.  My sister makes them all the time and I begged her for the recipe.  She finally found it and gave it to me, and as is my moto, adjusted them to fit my lifestyle.  I lightened the sugar, used egg whites and pureed beans instead of butter.  They turned out really good!!  So, give it a'll be wanting to eat the whole batch...

Maple Jubilee Jumbles
(adapted from Cooky Primer)

    Pureed Great Northern Beans, .75 cup  Brown Sugar, .75 cup, packed  Applesauce, unsweetened, 1 cup  Egg white, 3 servings Kroger Fat Free Sour Cream, 4 Tb Kroger plain greek yogurt, 1 serving  (I didn't have any more fat free sour cream - you could probably eliminate one or the other as long as you had a full cup) *mapleine, 6 tsp  *Flour, white, 2.5 cup  Baking Soda, .5 tsp  Walnuts, .25 cup, chopped

Mix the beans, sugar, applesauce and eggs in a mixing bowl thoroughly. Add the sour cream, yogurt and mapeline. Combine the flour with the soda and blend in. Add the nuts. The original recipe says to chill dough if soft...this stuff is way soft, chilling won't make any difference.
Drop teaspoonfuls onto a sprayed cookie sheet and bake about 8 to 10 minutes. Do not let them brown! Will be slightly golden on the bottom. top with frosting of choice, enjoy!
makes almost 8 dozen cookies...

I used Spif y Whip to make the frosting for these, adding 1/4 C powdered sugar and 1 tsp mapleine.  It's divine.  You could also make a glaze and drizzle the cookies with a maple flavored glaze.  The calories do not include the frosting...  ;)  

  • Servings Per Recipe: 70
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 34.8
  • Total Fat: 0.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.1 mg
  • Sodium: 19.7 mg
  • Total Carbs: 7.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.3 g
  • Protein: 1.2 g

Monday, March 7, 2011

Okay - She was Right - Sort of

I think I mentioned how bored I was at work Friday.  I was so bored that I was surfing recipes.  Well, I guess that doesn't take much boredom, it's one of my favorite pass  Anyway, that continued into Saturday, and I discovered a recipe that is really just different, but VERY good - at least initially.  I don't think it's the best frosting to ever cross the tongue, but it's pretty darn close.  Especially with the different ingredient.

That's right, it has flour in it!!
I discovered it on the Pioneer Woman site, (which is amazing, if you like food).  She was making Devil Dogs (which to you and me are probably more like Susie Q pies), and mentioned this frosting that she'd found on another site (which goes to show how much we surf each other's sites! lol).  I thought, sure - the best frosting I've ever had?  I've had some pretty amazing frostings.  The last one that really stands out in my mind is what was on my nieces wedding cupcakes - oh man, that was bliss!  (I'm still trying to find out where she got them)  So, I decided to try the recipe and see how it made up.
It's really simple!  I made up a low fat chocolate cake (okay - I just can't make a normal cake anymore) and used sour cream because I had some fat free stuff that had gotten frozen in the back of my fridge and went lumpy, and topped it with semi-sweet chocolate chips.  Wa, lah, the cake.
Then I made the frosting.  She has step by step photos on her web site (she's really good at that) so I won't bother here.  Just click on the link and go wild.
Anyway, I slathered it over the cake, and it's pretty too.  I really can't believe how light and fluffy the frosting texture is.  My son said it tasted like whipped topping.  How does flour, milk, sugar and butter taste like whipped  cream?  Kind of interesting.  Anyway, it is good, but after sitting on the cake I wasn't as impressed.  It's still light, I just thought it had a strange taste.  You try it and see what you think.  I'm thinking I want to experiment with it and see what I can come up with.  The cake turned out awesome, at least, so the frosting was just - lol - icing on the cake...

Low Fat Chocolate Cake:
1 Devils food cake mix
3/4 C egg substitute
1 container fat free sour cream
1 pkg fat free sugar free chocolate pudding mix (8 serving size)
1 1/4 C water
prehead oven to 350.
Mix and pour into sprayed cake pan.  Could make a layer cake or do a 9x13 like I did.  Bake for 35 minutes, or until tester comes out clean.  Cool.

Frosting (The best frosting you've ever had):
1 C skim milk
5 Tb flour
1 tsp Vanilla
1 C sugar
1 C butter

It's kind of ironic to put this on a low fat cake, but oh well.  In a small sauce pan, whisk flour into the milk and heat up, stirring until thickened.  It will be like a thick cake batter.  Cool.  You want it to be completely cooled  off before adding it to the other stuff.  Stir in the vanilla.
Then, in a mixing bowl combine the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Try to get rid of all the grainy feel of the sugar.  When flour mixture is totally cool, add to the butter stuff and whip on high forever - until it's really light and fluffy and not separated.
Her site says it makes 12 servings.  Those are mightly thick and heavy servings...I spread it over my 9x13 cake and used all of it, but could have done two cakes or 24 cupcakes, I'm sure.

Friday, March 4, 2011

chicken Sausage and Red poatoes

Yum!  If you're looking for something a little different, try this combination.  I was at Sam's Club the other day and discovered they had chicken sausages that are kind of like those you find in the grocery stores with apples and stuff??  anyway, they had two kinds that were interesting to me.  Chicken, Spinach and Asiago cheese, and chicken with Mozzarella and basil.  I was intrigued because they actually were low in fat, (only 5 grams per sausage) high in protein (like 17 grams) and low calorie, (120) all the things I look for in a good protein.
We tried the chicken and mozzarella ones first, with the Ronzoni Garden Delights fettuccini, mushrooms, sweet onion and parmesan.  They were okay, but nothing to write home about.  So then yesterday for lunch I made up some sweet potatoes, red potoates, carrots and sweet onions roasted and added one of the chicken spinach sausages.  It was sooo good!  The chicken spinach is definitely one you'll want to try.  So, here's kind of the recipe for you:

Chicken Spinach Sausage with Roasted Veggies (serves 1 or 2 small portions)

2 small red potatoes, scrubbed and cut into large bite size
1 small sweet potato, peeled and cut into bite sizes
1/4 of large sweet onion, chopped into large pieces
1 medium carrot, peeled and cut on diagonal into medium slices
1 Chicken sausage

Preheat oven to 400.  Spray a small 8 x 8 cake pan or roasting dish.  put all the veggies in it and spray them, then sprinkle with favorite seasoning or Italian seasoning.  I use Mrs. Dash Tomato Basil.  Put them in the oven for about 10 minutes, take it out and turn them all over, spray again, and put back for another 10 minutes.  Test to make sure they are cooked through.

While they are roasting, in a small fry pan, put a small layer of water and the sausage.  Cover and simmer 5 minutes, turn over and simmer another 5.  Removed from heat and slice into thick diagonal slices.  When veggies are finished, add sausage to veggies and toss.  Serve warm!

total calories is less than 400, fat about 6 and carbs less than 60.